Nick Bashall & Nicky Philipps
at The London Sketch Club in Chelsea



Nick Bashall and Nicky Philipps have joined forces to teach in the historic London Sketch Club studio in Chelsea to teach adults  of all abilities, a new skill in a beautiful environment. 

Nick will be the principal teacher with Nicky on hand to critique and encourage. 

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Nick Bashall

Born in England and raised in Zimbabwe, Nick returned to the UK to study law at Cambridge - where he was also the heavyweight boxing blue. A stint in London with one of the big solicitors’ firms preceded six years working in Pakistan and Dubai, saving up the money to study painting full time. He then trained under the Spanish maestro Joaquin Torrents Llado in Majorca for five years before becoming a full time artist in London in 1997.

Now, nearly twenty five years later he has earned a reputation as a prolific portrait artist. His many illustrious commissions include: HRH Princess Anne, Bill Powers President of the University of Texas, HRH Princess Michael of Kent and the former head of the British army General Sir Michael Jackson. He is also renowned for his portraits of children, in both oil and charcoal.

Nick has a couple of intriguing side shows. As a war artist, he’s painted on the streets of Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq in front of hundreds of locals - guarded by the British Army.

He regularly performs as a painter at Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and Wilderness. These festivals provide him with a large tent where he and some of his former students paint festival goers from life accompanied by DJs.

"Nick paints his portraits from life and always nails the likeness. The two hour sittings are almost too short as one is immersed in a timeless atmosphere with an artist whose company is universally enjoyed. He has been known to play cricket in the passage with his (younger) sitters and places a mirror behind him so they see their face magically appear. Whether you are painted by Nick, or join his class, you are in for a real treat." Sara Stewart, Founder, Fine Art Commissions, St. James’s.

Nicky Philipps

Nicky is perhaps best known for her portraits of members of The Royal Family. 

Born in London to a family which included five artists, it was perhaps inevitable that Nicky would pursue a career as a painter. She studied at City and Guilds before leaving for Italy after her tutor told her to turn the dustbin upside down and ‘express herself’. In Florence she met Charles Cecil and Daniel Graves, two American artists keen to re-establish traditional techniques. Nicky joined their burgeoning atelier and at last found the atmosphere she was looking for. After two years she returned to London and established her portrait practice in Kensington.   

Her many commissions include a portrait of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge commissioned for Highgrove by HRH The Prince of Wales, a full length portrait of HM The Queen surrounded by the Corgis, now on permanent display in the Throne Room in Buckingham Palace and a portrait of Her Majesty dressed in the Thistle Robes, commissioned by The Royal Company of Archers. In 2008 Nicky was commissioned to paint TRH’s Princes William and Harry in the uniform of the Blues and Royals for the National Portrait Gallery.  

Perhaps the most challenging commission to date was to paint Falkland’s veteran Simon Weston for a BBC documentary. With cameras filming her every brushstroke it was an extraordinarily brave achievement. The portrait is also now part of the permanent collection at The National Portrait Gallery.

In between commissions, Nicky paints landscapes and still life for biennial exhibitions in St. James’s. Her most recent show recorded her travels from the ice caps of Patagonia to the barren landscape of the Kalahari. Her subjects have been as diverse as meer cats at first light to sketching Barry Humphries in the South of France.

“Nicky is a rare breed. Modest and unassuming, it never fails to amaze her that people know and admire her work. Sittings with Nicky are never dull and her clients have been known to debate whatever topic has entertained them long after the session ends. She has an acute eye for detail and encourages students to study simple objects until they see colours they never knew existed”. Sara Stewart, Founder, Fine Art Commissions Ltd.

Both Nick Bashall and Nicky Philipps are represented by Fine Art Commissions, St James's.



Throughout his career as a painter, Nick has always taught. He welcomes students of all abilities and ages as he believes you can teach anyone to draw and paint.

His classes are enjoyable and entertaining. Whilst the teaching is professional and the students will learn a lot, it is not an intimidating experience. The studios are beautiful and historic, the environment friendly and communal.

Nick teaches the time-honoured principles of drawing and painting in a clear and logical sequence. He remembers how the London art schools he went to in the evenings while working as a trainee lawyer expected students to learn purely by trial and error. Simply being told the arm is too long or the leg too short is deeply frustrating.

In 1986, Nick discovered Jaoquin Torrents Llado's small private art school in Mallorca which taught him the body of fundamental principles. Llado had studied in the late 1960’s at the Barcelona academy where the teaching methods had continued unchanged since Picasso’s father had been a Professor there. The conservative Franco era preserved the old teaching methods whilst the rest of Europe had abandoned them.

Nick offers his students an overview of the fundamental stages:

1. Proportion
2. Line and Volume
3. Dark and Light
4. Colour

For students wanting to expand into painting portraits and the figure, you can greatly benefit from Nick’s experience as a leading portrait painter and war artist.

Having co-founded Lavender Hill Studios in 2004, Nick decided to set up his own atelier in one of the last remaining Victorian artists’ studios in Chelsea, Nicky’s studio is next door.  Together they offer invaluable insight and experience to students of all abilities. 


& Prices

Each session will be two hours. Pricing is structured for a term of 10 sessions and you can choose whether to join the afternoon or evening classes at the time of booking. 


Spring Term


7th January to 11th April 2018:
Evening classes: 6.00pm – 8.00pm


8th January to 12th April 2018

Afternoon classes: 3.30pm-5.30pm

Summer Term

May to July 2018

Times and days tbc

The classes will be held at The London Sketch Club on Dilke st. whilst Cadogan Estate refurbishes Rossetti Studios before Nick and Nicky move back in in late 2018/early 2019.

Maximum number of students per session: 12
Price: £500.00 per term (ten sessions, two hours per session).

Private Tuition

  • Private tuition, one to one (£130 per person per hour)
  • One off (£130 per person per hour)
  • Weekend sessions (price will depend on number of students)




Rossetti studios

72 Flood Street

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Contact Us

Nick Bashall
+44 (0) 7900 546502

Beatrice Hasell McCosh
+44 (0) 7843 047517